How Match Funding can make a HUGE difference .

Proscovia from Uganda

Proscovia from Uganda

Many thanks for your support for the Lent fast day appeal this year. You have helped to raise an amazing £4.3 million which will be doubled by the UK government. The government match funding will go towards malnutrition projects in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Eritrea. Our in-country teams are working hard to finalise the project details so this life-saving work can begin in October 2018.

However I thought you would be interested in an update from our last match funded fast day appeal which was in Lent 2016.

In 2016, you raised an incredible £4.3 million for our work, with an additional £3.5 million given from the UK Government for new projects in Uganda, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Catch up with Proscovia from Uganda

These new match-funded projects have now been running for two years and we’ve seen great progress. Some highlights include:

  • Installed or repaired 567 water points.
  • Built 44,200 toilets.
  • Trained 1,448 people to maintain and repair water points or toilets
  • Taught 1,294 people how to raise local water and sanitation issues with village chiefs and officials.

Elizabeth from Uganda told us “The project has solved our water problems.We easily fetch water at whatever time, with great ease. It’s just a turn of the tap!”

So thank you all so much for your generosity and support . Please help us to continue our work by getting involved with Harvest fast day on Friday 5th October

Havant Churches take up challenge to walk with Christ this Lent.

Setting off on their first walk

Setting off on their first walk

St Joseph and St Thomas of Canterbury & St Thomas More churches have set themselves  a challenge to walk with Christ this Lent and to donate 20p for every mile they walk to CAFOD Lent fast day appeal. 

Maureen Thompson our CAFOD parish volunteer explains the challenge here-

“Taken from a book Christ Walk I have decided with some friends to take this idea literally and exercise and pray at the same time.  The action is to connect us physically to biblical times, Jesus walked everywhere, and the Israelites walked for forty years from Egypt to the promised land. So,  you could take up the Jerusalem Challenge, an individual challenge to walk the way of sorrows 88 miles in lent. Or the Exodus challenge, group challenge 375 miles across the desert walking during the week and tell us on Sunday how many miles you have walked, we will add it a totalizer (to encourage each other along the way) Finally to encourage further we have gathered a group together to walk on a Wednesday afternoon- please meet us here (Ss Thomas, Emsworth) at 2.30pm.

Of course, this isn’t just about walking, pray as you go – I am doing the Walk with Me book but lots of other ideas and for almsgiving maybe link your exercise mile by mile for CAFOD.”

Good luck to all those taking part in the challenge and we look forward to hearing how many miles you walk and how much money you raise.


Boscombe Bakers Make Soup for Family Fast Day Lunch

Enjoying the delicious soup lunch.

Enjoying the delicious soup lunch.

Last Friday 23rd February our Brilliant Boscombe Bakers turned their culinary skills from cakes to soup for the Lent family fast day.

Many thanks to Annie and Maureen and the team at Corpus Christi Church , Bournemouth for organising the soup lunch. Twenty eight people came together at Annie’s house to have a simple soup lunch and raise money for our brothers and sisters around the world who go hungry every day. A fantastic amount of £200 was donated and because we have match funding from the UK Government this Lent that amount will be doubled to £400. So thank you so much to everyone who came to the soup lunch, and especially to the cooks who made the delicious soups!

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A HUGE THANK YOU to all those who held soup lunches on Friday. We really   appreciate your support and your commitment to helping those living in poverty overseas.